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Silverlight Developers Guide to PDC09

November 13, 2009

Silverlight action at PDC09

The 2009 edition of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, affectionately known as PDC09, is next week. If you share my interest with Silverlight and related technologies, the list below should help provide some guidance to getting the most out of the event.

First let’s look at the published content plan:


Pre-conference deep dive all-day training events focused on a single topic.

  • Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp – Learn about Windows 7 from some of the top Windows 7 engineers. Hopefully you already registered because this one is sold out.
  • Getting the Most out of Silverlight 3 – The posted info and title sells this workshop short. I would have called this Applied Silverlight or Silverlight form the trenches, you can hear more about in this video. You can still register if you haven’t yet.


Here we find the meat of the conference, the sessions. You can find them listed on the site in schedule order, search by tag, add to outlook, or even by Excel spreadsheet. The site is Mobile device ready, too.

Below I’ve picked out a few of the session that caught my eye:





Silverlight action at PDC09

With all these people in the same place at one time, you know someone is going to throw a party.  Here are the big public events going on during the week. There’s more that require invites or just a little careful nosing around.




  • Meet the WPF Team – .NET 4 Beta 2 is out and the WPF team wants to talk, 12:30-2pm
  • Partner Expo Reception – Free drinks in the LACC, 5:30-9pm
  • INETA Community Roundtable – peek behind the curtain and get a glimpse into the future… of community, 6 – 7pm



  • Time to sleep, fly home or hang out in the hotel bar – your choice

Social Media

  • Twitter
    • PDC09 – official account with all the news
    • PDC09 Twibbon – show your pdc pride
    • Silverlighters At PDC09 – a list of all the Silverlight people who will be at PDC09.

      If you’re not on the list, let me know I’ll add you.
      Must love Silverlight, or at least like it a lot.
  • Flickr tag – pdc09
  • Facebook PDC Fan Page

And More Stuff

Silverlight action at PDC09


And remember this post is just covering the material that’s already public, we haven’t let out everything out of the bag yet.  Keep an eye on the PDC09 site to stay in the know.

  1. November 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’ll be at PDC as well, and looooooove Silverlight (it’s almost all I do full-time and off-time) so feel free to add me to your list as well: http://twitter.com/SharpGIS @sharpgis

  2. November 16, 2009 at 4:19 am

    There are also a bunch of Silverlight related topics at the Chalk Talks in the Web Pavilion, check out the schedule here, http://blogs.msdn.com/markbrown/archive/2009/11/14/pdc-2009-web-platform-chalk-talks.aspx

  1. November 15, 2009 at 4:41 am
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